Japanese aster

Kalimeris yomena

Kalimeris yomena 'Aurea'
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Japanese aster (Kalimeris yomena)
kal-ih-MER-iss yo-ME-nah
Synonyms:  Kalimeris incisa 'Shogun'
Genus:  Kalimeris
Beautiful variegation brightens the green and grey mottled foliage. A wide creamy-golden margin blends to the edge of the cut-leaf foliage. Its spreading branches mingle softly with its garden neighbors. Blooming in early fall, 12-  to 15-inch stems produce light lavender aster-like flowers with a yellow center.
Care:  Plant in part shade to ensure the brightest variegation without the "crisping" that may occur to the leaves when planted in full sun. Variegation will fade a bit as summer progresses. Pinching back in summer will encourage new variegated growth.
Propagation:  In spring, cool-stratify seed for 2 weeks prior to surface sowing in a cold frame. Divide in spring.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Waterside
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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